Where Should You Get Your First Tattoo?

Are you ready to get your first tattoo?

Here at North York Ink, we know that a first tattoo can be an exciting and nerve-wracking experience.

But that’s okay! Because we’re here to help you figure out where your first tattoo should go.

Let’s get started:

Where Should a Beginner Get Their First Tattoo?

Figuring out where to get your first tattoo is super important. It’ll impact the look of the tattoo and how much discomfort you may feel during the tattooing process. Here are some things to think about:


When you’re trying to figure out where to get your first tattoo, think about the space available for your tattoo design. Larger areas, like the upper arm, back, or thigh, provide ample canvas for your intricate designs or any additions you might want to make in the future.


It’s hard to say what the least painful part of the body is to tattoo because everyone has different pain tolerances. However, if you’re getting your first tattoo, you should go with a body part that has more flesh and fewer nerve endings.

So your best bet is to get a tattoo on your upper arm, forearm, calf, or thigh. These areas are usually less painful during the tattoo process, making them ideal for those new to the experience.

Coverage and Visibility

Lastly, you should consider how visible you want your first tattoo to be and how it will fit into your lifestyle and professional environment. 

Ultimately, you need to choose a placement that feels right for you. Whether you want a hand tattoo, face tattoo or even a full sleeve, it’s all about being comfortable and unique!

What To Expect With Your First Tattoo

There’s no way to completely prepare for the tattooing process when it’s your first one. Your tattoo artist will walk you through all the steps, from cleaning the area to putting needle to skin.

You’ll feel sensations ranging from slight discomfort to mild pain—and don’t be afraid to ask for a break if you need one!

After your tattoo is done, you will be given detailed aftercare instructions to make sure your new ink heals properly and looks amazing.

You may experience some redness and mild discomfort for a few days after getting your tattoo, but this is normal and will go away.

Ideas for First Tattoos

Whether you’re looking for first tattoo ideas for men or women or whatever, there are tons of great designs to get you started. Here are a few ideas:

  • Rose tattoo
  • Skull tattoo
  • Tribal tattoo
  • Star tattoo

Simple tattoos are best for beginners and a great way to get your feet wet when it comes to ink! For your first go, stick to a minimalist tattoo that showcases your unique personality.

Ready to Get Inked?

Are you ready to take the plunge and get your first tattoo?

Contact us at North York Ink to schedule a consultation with one of our talented artists.

No matter what type of tattoo you’re looking for, we’ll work with you to create a tattoo that you’ll love for a lifetime!

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